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March 29, 2010
Gun rights get a boost in South Dakota
Lost in last weeks' broadside against Freedom, and amidst the assault, was a bit of good news. South Dakota Governor, Mike Rounds, fired a round against centralized power by signing into law the Firearms Freedom Act. He follows the lead of Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Tennessee in rejecting coercive efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to impose restrictions on state gun laws and rights. From the legislation:
Any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in South Dakota, and that remains within the borders of South Dakota, is not subject to federal laws or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of Congress to regulate interstate commerce.
To those who revere the Constitution this is heartening. The push for centralization will come to pass only if we allow it, and only if states submit to control. Three states-Oklahoma, Alaska and Idaho- have moved similar legislation, and 20 others may join them.
I'm reminded of five beautiful words. The inimitable Mr. Heston would be proud.
Greg Halvorson is the founder of Soldiers Without Boots, and hosts The Soldier One Radio Hour on Blog Talk Radio.